31 January 2011

vintage wallpaper

this may sound horrible, but one of my favorite things about estate sales, and i mean this in the nicest way possible, is getting to poke through somebody's house. i didn't always feel this way - the very first estate sale i went to i was actually quite traumatizing - but over time, i've come to appreciate getting a glimpse at how people surrounded themselves, whether it's their clothing, decor, records, or knick knacks. you can tell so much about a person by their belongings and their surroundings and i find that endlessly fascinating.

for example, last weekend i went to an estate sale where there were three rooms filled with women's clothing and accessories from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s - it was fabulous! just from walking through these rooms i could tell the lady who had lived there adored fashion and glamour and excitement; i could tell she wasn't afraid of color or texture or flamboyance. this was definitely one happening lady.

i gleaned the most about her personality from the dressing room and bathroom, though. from floor to ceiling, the walls were covered in happy, trippy, and hippy flowers.

this wallpaper must have been from the 1960s, but here it still is in 2011. it was amazing. and this isn't the only time i've spied great vintage wallpaper at an estate sale. a few months ago, i inched my way through an extremely packed house (i can't even begin to describe the amount of things at this particular sale) only to find this cute pattern waiting in the kitchen.

sigh. so. great. if you feel like you need a little more vintage wallpaper love, head over here and be amazed.

blog hopping

so, this isn't my first blog. or my second. it's my third. and you know what they say about third times and charms. here's hoping.

i was really inspired by this post at chocolate and cream cake and felt compelled to make a fresh start. i especially love the quote that headed up the post (i have a thing for quotes, as you may well find out): be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.

that line of thought ties in nicely with the name of this here new blog: file me away.

file me away / in your heart someday / you just be you / and i'll be me, okay? a good song by a great musician from the excellent soundtrack to a wonderful film based on a phenomenal book by a talented author. aaaand that takes care of a few of my favorite things right there: music, movies, and books, although i'm not as vociferous a reader as one would expect a librarian to be.

some other things i'm a fan of? thrifting (i have an etsy store called filed away where i sell vintage wares), learning how to use my dslr camera, british comedies, watching youtube videos with a dog at my feet, technology, the magic of live music, crafting, exploring far away countries and cultures, cooking, my friends and family, pottering about in photoshop, vintage illustrations, geekery, and ricky gervais. i figured these are the things i should be talking about, yes?

i'm planning on book reviews, updates for live shows in the dallas area, photos of things i've eaten and/or cooked, a few crafty tutorials, thrifting finds and tips, stories from library land (there are tons!), and anything else i think you might enjoy.

so, if any of that interests you, stay tuned! and if not? that's okay, too - teh interwebs is a big place with room enough for everyone's favorite things.